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INTRODUCTION:
Singapore is known for its hassle-free public transportation system, but it comes at the expense of individual car ownership. Many articles have dwelled on the infamous Certificate of Entitlement (COE) which makes car ownership not for everyone in Singapore. Movement of cars into the city-state's major throughways are also restricted with levies to ensure smooth and congestion-free traffic flow. It goes without saying that finding a parking spot in Singapore can be a great hassle.

ROADSIDE DESIGNATED PARKING:
With the exception of a few privately-owned multi-storey car parks in the city, all parking spots are regulated by the authority. It means that you can actually park anywhere that is designated as a parking spot, but you probably have to pay through the nose especially during weekdays. The good thing is that the parking coupons are widely available at 7-Eleven, etc. The bad thing is that parking is charged half-hourly at about SGD0.50 every 30-minutes during the day. You have to scratch the coupon to signify the time of parking and put it on your dashboard. Enforcement should be round-the-clock so you better not risk getting summons or getting the car towed away.

But things do get better during weekends and public holidays. Some places do offer free daytime parking on weekends. I managed to find one near the Kreta Ayer Community Centre. I did find it odd because it was free during the day but it charges SGD1 flat-rate from 0000 hrs to 0700 hrs. In any case, it was better than the half-hourly rate I encountered earlier on Keong Saik Rd.

PRIVATE PARKING:
Parking operators like Wilson Parking are available around the city-state. I did not use one because I found my 'spot' in Kreta Ayer, but I passed by a Wilson Parking area offering a flat rate parking fee of SGD2.00 per entrance on weekends. Certainly a good deal because of the security and covered parking. Nonetheless, on weekdays, these private operators mostly charge half- or hourly rates anyway, so there is little to differentiate with the state-operated parking by the roadside.

VALET PARKING:
Some hotels in Singapore do offer guest parking, The Royal Peacock is not one of them. Do check with the hotels in advance. If you are a royalty or some bigshot of Johor Bharu or Batam, you can also parade your metallic Porsche in front of the hotel lobby.

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